Chef Nicholas Flores Gives Us The Know-How for a Perfect Pizza

On this episode of Foodable’s Smart Kitchen and Bar, Executive Chef and pizza-making professional of Sette Osteria, Nicholas Flores, shares his experience of opening up a new location in Wynwood and schools us on the must-dos of pizza with our host, Paul Barron.

Chef Nicholas learned from the best in Italian cuisine. Starting as a dishwasher at the tender age of 15, he honed his craft, moved up in the industry, and mastered the art of pizza. When the opportunity presented itself to open up another location in Miami, Fla., Chef Flores was open and excited to take on the challenge.

The vibe of Sette Osteria and the neighborhood of Wynwood correlate perfectly. Sette Osteria has a very modern look with loads of green plants scattered throughout the location. Similarly, Wynwood is a bright, contemporary neighborhood surrounded by the green palm trees of Miami. Osteria couldn’t have been placed in a better spot.

Chef Flores’ has many secrets to creating the perfect pizza. The technique has to have the same consistency to achieve the best results whether it be the ingredients, the dough, the method of cooking, etc. Chef Flores shared a few with us.  

“The key to making the best Margherita Classica pizza is the mozzarella always has to be wet, the tomato sauce should be very light, and there should be plenty of cheese on top,” says chef Flores.

Another fundamental to pizza is the dough. You can see the level of experience chef Flores has as you watch him pump out another pizza crust quickly and as perfectly as the last. He believes the pizza should be no bigger than 8-10 slices. If it’s too big, you lose quality in the crust.

“I always make my pizza about a medium crust. If it’s too big, the pizza doesn’t have any body,” says Chef Flores.

To learn more about how to make pizza, watch the video above of Smart Kitchen and Bar!

Pizza Dough

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cup pizza flour

  • 3-4 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 cups cold water


Prosciutto e Rucola Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. ball of pizza dough

  • 10 oz. baby arugula

  • .5 oz. lemon dressing

  • 4 oz. fresh sliced prosciutto di parma

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Directions:

  1. Stretch the dough into the shape of a pizza.

  2. Drop diced mozzarella to cover dough leaving some gaps in between each piece of cheese.

  3. Leave about an inch without cheese to make a nice crust.

  4. Pop into oven for about 7 minutes (500-degree commercial gas oven) or until bottom of crust is no longer soft and has little dark spots underneath.

  5. Slice prosciutto into quarter-inch pieces.

  6. Pull out oven and put a handful of arugula over the melted cheese.

  7. Drizzle lemon oil dressing over arugula.

  8. Gently lay 4-6 slices of prosciutto over the bed of arugula.

  9. Slice and serve.

Margherita Classica Pizza

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Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. ball of pizza dough

  • 3 oz. tomato sauce

  • 4 oz. fresh mozzarella

  • 4 basil leaves

Directions:

  1. Stretch the dough into the shape of a pizza.

  2. Ladle tomato sauce onto dough and make circular motions to push the sauce toward the crust.

  3. Leave about an inch without sauce to make a nice crust.

  4. Drop diced mozzarella over tomato sauce.

  5. Pop into oven for about 7 minutes (500-degree commercial gas oven) or until bottom of crust is no longer soft and has little dark spots underneath. Cheese should bubble when the pizza is ready to be pulled out of the oven.

  6. Top with whole or sliced/torn basil.

  7. Slice and serve.